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I have Missing Tooth. What are my options?

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When you lose a tooth and there are no remaining roots, it’s usually time to say goodbye to that tooth for good. That is unless you have a good dentist who can help you replace it with something that won’t hurt your smile or self-esteem any further. But what are your options when you lose a tooth? Dental implants are one of the most common methods of tooth replacement. There are several ways to replace missing teeth if you want to keep your teeth forever. Let us guide you through these!

Option 1: Partial Dentures for Missing tooth

If you’ve lost teeth at the back of your mouth, it’s possible you might not even feel it. It’s also possible you won’t notice any symptoms until you look in the mirror one day and notice a gap in your smile. The best way to replace lost teeth is with a partial denture. This can be made out of gold, ceramic, or acrylic. A partial denture is a removable tooth replacement that can be attached to the surrounding teeth with the help of dental glue. They cover the tops of your teeth, and they can be designed to look like real teeth or a combination of both, depending on what you prefer.

Implants vs Dentures
artificial teeth

Option 2: Dental Crowns for Missing tooth

If you’ve lost a tooth, you can get it fixed with a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of metal or acrylic that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size after a root canal or if it’s decayed. a dental crown can also be placed on a tooth that’s broken in two pieces as a way to hold the two broken pieces together and heal the tooth. A dental crown can also be used to cover a tooth that has had serious damage.

Option 3: Dental Implants for Tooth replacement

If you’re missing teeth in the front of your mouth, then a dental implant is likely the best option for you. A dental implant is a surgical procedure that replaces missing teeth with a specially designed screw-shaped artificial tooth. There are two types of dental implants: the endosseous and the subperiosteal implant.

Dental crown with implant
Dental Implants

Option 4: Dental Bridges for Missing Tooth

When you lose a tooth, one way to replace it is with a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthetic that holds a false tooth or teeth in place to fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth. You need at least one healthy tooth surrounding your missing tooth to hold a dental bridge in place.

Option 5: Bonding for Tooth replacement

For teeth that are partially missing, bonding is a long-term fix but not a permanent one. Typically, it can last for up to 10 years, depending on how extensive the procedure is. While dental bonding will last for years to come, it only takes one visit to complete. From broken teeth to chipped and cracked teeth, bonding helps make your smile complete. How does bonding work to fix teeth that aren’t whole?  The result is a natural look and feel, at a lower price than porcelain veneers.

Fixing a lost tooth: What you can and can’t do

If you lose a tooth and it’s not in the front, you can fill the gap with a dental crown. This can be made from porcelain or a gold alloy filling. If the tooth has been knocked out, don’t put it back in your mouth. You have a few seconds to get it to the dentist. If you’ve lost a tooth in the front, you can’t just place a normal filling there. It would look really bad and you’d have a gaping hole in your smile. You can get a dental implant to replace a lost front tooth, but that’s a long and expensive process. You can try to fix a lost tooth with a dental bridge or a partial denture.

dental implant and tooth
Tooth implantation

Final words

You lose teeth every day, but it’s important to remember that you don’t lose teeth every day. The loss of a tooth isn’t something you should take lightly, especially if it’s a tooth in the front of your mouth. If you lose a tooth, you’re better off replacing it with a dental bridge or a partial denture than nothing at all. It’s important to take care of your teeth and gums. If you’re having issues, visit your dentist right away. Besides, a dentist can give you advice as to what the best options are for you. And when it comes to dental procedures, don’t forget: better safe than sorry.

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